Sunday, January 12, 2014
It’s about decency
It’s about decency, it’s about awareness of the horror that happened, is happening, won’t stop happening until people do something.
Don’t be an a-hole and deny that the psychiatric regime is abuse, is torture to those who have to suffer it and that this must be stopped. Wake up out of your precious little dream that medicine is ‘good’ and ‘healthy’ and that people suffering trauma reactions to various awful things that have happened in their life, are the ones who are ‘sick.’
If you feel sick in the stomach after you see a puppy kicked, you’re not ‘sick’, you’re responding naturally. If someone then says you’re demented for feeling that way, you don’t have validation for your gut reaction to an ugly circumstance.
Think about that next time you utter the term ‘psychosomatic’ and ‘schizophrenia’ and ‘mental illness’. Think about empathy and how that works on the body and how people do react to awful circumstances. Think about things that are repeated traumas that are denied validation. Attempting to speak about such things, after years of being disallowed communication of ‘embarrassing’ violence against you, that accused you of being in the wrong.
Yes, I understand you don’t want to feel sick in the stomach for all the people in Australia that have been abused by psychiatry and are currently being abused, but you might have to, to connect with your authentic empathic self again, after years of denying the truth for fear of being ostracised. To go down a more ‘friendly street’ in life.
In a recent comment I made about the mental-illnessing of Silvia Plath, the following dialogue happened:
Initially NO (December 10, 2013): Until 1973, you had a 'mental illness' if you were homosexual and were treated with the same 'medication' that you wouldn't give to a Zoo animal regularly without damaging your exhibit. Strange that J--- thinks this 'medication' is healthy. Haven't read enough J---, that's your problem. If you don't read, or at least watch some vids by psych survivors your writing will be tossed off the shelf along with Helen Garner's 'Bach's Children's Hour' (which incited hate crimes against children with learning difficulties). If your writing incites further torture of people in crisis, then I'd put you in the same category in a future where such torture is illegal to forcefully conduct. Psychiatrists don't talk J---, they're doctors. Doctors have very bad people skills and Plath wrote about how bad they were at talking, in her time. And, for your info A--- here's a recent Judge's finding: http://m.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9490650/ACC-to-rethink-abuse-link
J---e’s response was to flag my commentary and delete it, then send me a personal message, blocking my ability to reply; she didn’t want to feel sick about the support she’d given the psychiatric regime of terror already: ‘Please don't post your opinions, slander on my page. You know nothing about me and come across as angry and vindictive. You might be more effective by promoting your views in a less aggressive way or working with people who need a willing ear. Think about how you respond as a feeling person when confronted with anger, vitriole, slander and hatred. Listening quietly, patiently without judgement is a rare skill indeed.’
Quite apart from an ‘award winning’ writer not knowing how to spell, I really don’t think backwater, out of date prejudice should be given accolades.
Certainly not a poet I’d want to book.
J--- also had an argument that psychiatric abuse helped stop the suicide rate, and used her dead friend as evidence that psychiatry and mental-illnessing was valid.
‘Australia spent over $6.3 billion on mental health-related services in 2009–10… We spent all this money, and the more we spent the more our suicide rates increased. More people died – alone and in anguish – by their own hands. More families were destroyed and left to live with unimaginable pain and grief. Less money was available to address the real causes of emotional distress and suicide.’
Psychiatric interventions make the suicide rate worse, not better